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Author: Jon Kuzma
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The Minnesota Vikings have a 3-2 record on the year after defeating the Chicago Bears 20-17 in a Monday Night Football match up. Sam Bradford started the game at quarterback for the Vikings but it was eventually clear that Bradford isn’t healthy. That led Mike Zimmer to replace Bradford with Case Keenum and that ended up being the right move because Keenum outplayed Mitchell Trubisky in the rookie’s first ever start. The Vikings back up quarterback (Keenum) ended up throwing for 140 yards, 1 touchdown, and 0 interceptions. Which was in contrast to Trubisky’s 128 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. The main difference between both quarterbacks was the fact that Keenum didn’t turn the ball over and Trubisky did. Anyone who has ever played football knows just how detrimental turnovers are to your team and experience is what Trubisky will have to develop as time goes on. Jerick McKinnon had a big night for the Vikings offense as well, he recorded 95 yards and 1 touchdown. While Kyle Rudolph caught Minnesota’s lone touchdown pass from Keenum. Jordan Howard had the biggest impact out of any of Chicago’s offensive players, he rushed for 76 yards against a tough Mike Zimmer defense. Zach Miller also caught Mitchell Trubisky’s first ever regular season touchdown on a 20 yard pass. The Bears got away with a little trickery when Punter Pat O’Donnell faked a punt and threw a touchdown to Benny Cunningham. There’s no doubt that was big play for Chicago but it wasn’t enough to get Trubisky a win in his debut. On the defensive side of things Harrison Smith did a great job recording 3 tackles and nabbing an interception to seal the game. Everson Griffin did his part for the Vikings too, he added 2 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 forced fumble. Chicago’s defense was led by Leonard Floyd who contributed 6 tackles and 2 sacks. Akiem Hicks also played well putting up 4 tackles and 2 sacks. In the end the Vikings were clearly the better team in this game and it was largely due to the fact that Minnesota eliminated any offensive threat the Bears unveiled. The Vikings now are tied with Detroit in the NFC North with a 3-2 record for the year. The Packers currently lead the division at 4-1.
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